January 25, 1939: Principal Filming Begins!

On Thursday, January 26, 1939, director George Cukor yelled “Action,” and Gone With the Wind‘s principal photography began. The opening scene he shot that day turned out to be one of Gone With the Wind‘s jinxed scenes. Vivien Leigh in her green sprig silk muslin dress...

January 13, 1939 is Lucky Day for Leigh

Friday the 13th in January 1939 was lucky for Vivien Leigh: It was the day that David O. Selznick announced her selection as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Leigh signed her contract in Selznick’s office at 5:50 p.m. After the signing, Selznick formally...

Mining “What You Know” for Freelance Writing Gold

In my new Zoom course for SUNY Adirondack – “Ideas: Mining for Freelance Writing Gold” – I will share strategies that I have used profitably as a professional writer in both the magazine and book fields. Here is a sneak peek at one of those strategies: What You Know:...

My Client’s First Business Book!

Congratulations to my client and friend Denise Horan on the publication of her first business book. Thanks as well for her kind words about my book coaching services: For many years, I have wanted to write a book.  The book proposal process seemed long and time...

My Client’s First Novel!

Congratulations to my client and friend Barbara Fournier on the publication of her first novel. Thanks as well for her kind words about my developmental editing services: When I completed your book writing and publishing course at Hudson Valley Community College, I...